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Star Wars: The Clone Wars
August 15, 2008
PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary
Vocies: Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein,
Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee and Anthony Daniels
Recommended age: 10+
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Yellow
Death depicted, guns, explosions, constant and massive battle
scenes, minor torture, decapitation, fantasy violence
Belching, disrespectful attitude by minor
Set in the period
between the Star Wars prequel movies Attack of the Clones and
Revenge of the Sith, the animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars
features the wartime adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Now a
full-fledged Jedi Knight, Skywalker is given a difficult assignment: the evil
Count Dooku has kidnapped the child of gangster Jabba the Hutt; while Obi-Wan
tries to negotiate with Jabba, Skywalker must retrieve the baby Hutt, battle
Dooku and his evil apprentice Ventriss…and deal with the cocky attitude of his
own new apprentice, the beautiful padawan Ahsoka.
science-fiction film set during a war, Star Wars: The Clone Wars consists
almost entirely of wild action-filled battle scenes. Though most of the film’s
violence is of a fantasy nature, with battles with spaceships, robots, ray-guns,
high-speed chases, massive explosions and lightsaber duels constituting the
majority of the film’s action, there are a few scenes with somewhat stronger
content. Throughout the movie many of the Jedi’s subordinate troopers are
killed. Though no blood is shown, it is clear that these are living people who
have been killed, with fellow soldiers calling out for medics. Some of the
soldiers fall to their deaths, are shot down by robots or killed in explosions.
One trooper is tortured and choked by Ventriss. The severed heads of several of
Jabba’s bounty hunters are briefly seen.
There is little
other content in The Clone Wars of concern to parents. A scantily-clad
“dancing girl” in Jabba’s palace is briefly seen performing for the gangster.
Jabba belches on several occasions, and Ahsoka’s attitude is cheeky,
disrespectful and occasionally rude to her new master Anakin. Profanity in the
film is limited to a single use of “damn,” along with alien “swear words” such
Several good values
are emphasized throughout the film: Anakin’s reluctance to take on an apprentice
slowly mellows into first grudging acceptance and finally an enthusiastic and
protective concern for Ahsoka. Ahsoka, while maintaining a humorous banter, also
learns to respect her new master. Both devote themselves to keeping the baby
Hutt alive. And in the Star Wars tradition, The Clone Wars
presents children with a traditional portrait of Good versus Evil, with heroes
to root for and villains to hiss – though adults should be aware that anyone not
thoroughly steeped in Star Wars lore will find the film nearly impossible
Star Wars: The
is a fast-paced and action-packed film, though its hyperactive nature and a few
violent scenes may make it inappropriate for younger children. The Parents
Television Council does not recommend this movie for children under age 10.
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